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Blog entry by scottb posted 12-31-2006 01:45 AM 885 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to make some returns up at the outlet mall today. Popped in to check out the kitchen store, I needed a few things for the kitchen, ended up with these for the shop!

Nice to go home with $55 worth of great-quality rasps for $34 – oh, and with a $10 off coupon on top of that!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/



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Don

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#1 posted 12-31-2006 03:03 AM

Yes, and likely, had you purchased these at a woodworking specialty store you’d have paid twice as much.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Obi

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#2 posted 12-31-2006 05:28 AM

My kinda fella… go to the “Kitchen Store” and walk away with tools. I had to go buy my own Christmas presents today, (That really sucked) I got $100.00 in Lowe’s gifter certificates, new angle grinder, sand paper, a 3/8” chisel, and back cut saw… woe is me, to have to buy the tools I want instead of what someone else thinks I want.

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scottb

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#3 posted 12-31-2006 06:05 AM

Well Obi it could be worse, you could leave the gift giving to everyone else, and end up with a basement full of screwdrivers like Dick!

That was the one thing I told my wife not to get me for Christmas… instead I gave her a e-mail full of pictures and links to online stores. Some Ariou rasps (like Santa was really going to bring any of those), Microplane, and the floats I think Christopher Schwartz blogged about a few months back.
Plus certain chisels, and, well basically a $500-$1000 stockings worth of items before the Router, Lathe, and so on.

What did I get? a gift card to lowes, one to the home depot, and this angle gauge, that I think will come in super handy.

Too bad most of my wish list isn’t available at Lowes or the Depot :(

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 12-31-2006 08:19 AM

Lee Valley, Woodcraft, Highland Woodworking, Hartville Woodworking, Stewart MacDonald… they all have wish lists you can set up and mail to friends and family. You don’t have to send pictures and tons of links.

Oh, wait… Stewart MacDonald’s doesn’t have one; I did have to print out a copy of the precision router base and mail that to my dad (I don’t trust him with e-mail).

I make sure my wife knows exactly where I have my lists so she can tell anyone else who asks. Result? The last two years, I’ve received some pretty wonderful and thoughtful (well… I thought of them, anyway) gifts.

My best friend has played guitar for 15 years; he wants to learn how to build his own. So I think I’m going to talk to his wife and we’ll try to figure out what tools he’s going to need to complete his first project, which will be making one with a kit, and not from scratch. We can use that list to come up with presents for Matt for some time to come…

I try to put more thought into other peoples’ presents than I put into generating my own wish lists, and believe me, I give those quite a bit of thought…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Don

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#5 posted 12-31-2006 08:31 AM

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to not buying any more ‘stuff’ for my shop. First, I could throw away a lot of “must-have tools” that I purchased before I had an inkling about what I needed. Some of these are still in the original boxes.

But even more significant are the good quality tools I have purchased but not learned to use properly. If I could get half the potential out of half my tools I would be twice the woodworker – no matter how you measure it – Imperial or metric.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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scottb

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#6 posted 12-31-2006 04:56 PM

I’m the same way Ethan, most of my “wants” involve things I could use to make something for someone else. LEt us know how the guitar comes out – something else I’d like to try, disipite having one, and no talent for playing. A few of the other jocks have made nice ones.

I hear ya Don…. most of my stuff (as is probably true with the lot of us) comes in as I find I really need it (you know, to save a weekend from endless frustration and lots of swearing).

Several years back I told my wife to make sure I stopped getting art supplies. I have boxes of sketch pads, plenty of paints, drawing implements and the like. I’m sure I”ll adopt the same rule with the shop soon enough.

If only you could put a bow on learning to sharpen properly, and other skills like that!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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